Weird Al Yankovic

  • Weird Al Yankovic
    • Famous as : Musician, comedian
    • Birth Name : Alfred Matthew Yankovic
    • Birth Date : October 23, 1959
    • Birth Place : Downey, California, USA
    • Spouse : Suzanne Krajewski (since 10-Feb-01)
    • Claim to Fame : Album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D (1984)

Weird Al Yankovic Biography

Weird Al Yankovic was born Alfred Matthew Yankovic in Downey, California, on October 23, 1959. His career in music began on the day before his sixth birthday, when a door-to-door salesman traveling through Lynwood offered his parents a choice of accordion or guitar lessons at a local music school. His parents chose accordion over guitar "because they were convinced it would revolutionize rock," according to the singer.

He continued lessons at the school for three years before continuing to learn on his own. Yankovic, who's a big fan of Elton John, said that John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album was "partly how I learned to play rock 'n roll on the accordion." Meanwhile, he claimed that Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa "and all the other wonderfully sick and twisted artists that he was exposed to through the Dr. Demento Radio Show" were the inspirations of his comedic and parody music.

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